How to print a PDF without background

Written by jen miller
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A background in a PDF can be an image or a colour. You may want to print a PDF without the background to, for example, save ink if the background is in colour. In Adobe Acrobat, you can choose to hide a background, either image or colour, when you print the PDF. You can also create layers in Adobe Acrobat and move background images and colours to a layer separate from text. You can then hide this layer when you print it.

If the PDF is a form, you can choose to print only form fields, which excludes the background, in either Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader.

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Things you need

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Reader

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    Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat and click "Document," choose "Background" and select "Update."

  2. 2

    Click "Appearance Options" in the Appearance pane. The Appearance Options dialogue box appears.

  3. 3

    Deselect the "Show When Printing" check box and click "OK." When you print the document, the background will not be printed.

  1. 1

    Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat, click "Advanced" and choose "Preflight."

  2. 2

    Click the "Create PDF Layers" option to expand it. Select the appropriate layers option.

  3. 3

    Click "Analyze and Fix," then save the PDF. Acrobat creates separate layers for the background, text and images.

  4. 4

    Click the "Layers" button in the left navigation pane in Adobe Acrobat and right-click the layer that contains the background.

  5. 5

    Select "Never Prints" from the "Print" drop-down box to turn off printing of the layer.

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    Open the PDF form in either Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader.

  2. 2

    Click "File" and select "Print."

  3. 3

    Select "Form Fields Only" from the "Comments and Forms" drop-down box.

  4. 4

    Select the printer you want to use, configure print options and click "OK."

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